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L'amour en cage by Maylar L'amour en cage by Maylar
My friend Maat loves l'amour en cage, the most beautiful name physalis has...and that name inspired me to make a hollow heart with a little ball inside, symbolizing imprisoned or kept love, whatever you like it more. Maat visited me recently and I carved this for him :)

This is done in a single piece of cherry wood, general height is around 4.5 cm (1.77). When I say single piece of wood, I mean single...ball was carved from the insides, not somehow added later. And yes, it moves fully. It's a process much alike to carving ball in the cube and similar things. And it was a pain in the, hm...behind to do it, especially to make it smooth. But we do things like this for our friends, right? ;)

On these photos, wood is already sanded on the outside and so is the ball, but the insides are still rough...it's because my friend liked it that way so it will probably stay like that.

You can see a really bad quality video of this on YT (sorry for the quality, it's pulled from a cell phone camera and even my usual camera is better than this...but, it is the only video of this I have). It is added mostly so you can see the ball moves :
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All in all, hope you like it :)
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is clever and beautiful ^^
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Dkddto Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
i had a very similar idea a couple years ago, but i wanted to do it in bone, still i dont have nearly the hability to do it... i kindda envy u lol
really really great job
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MythrilAngel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautifully done and you must have a lot of patience and dexterity indeed :nod:
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Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha, thank you so much, glad you like it :D
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:iconmythrilangel:
MythrilAngel Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome and yes, it's pretty amazing : D
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
^^ :hug:
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DraculaAzuri Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student General Artist
thats so beautiful!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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CYBERBUTTERFLY Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Once again... My amazement abounds.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you so much :hug:
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is very sweet and beautiful, very well done!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, glad you like it :)
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loonymoon101 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
sweet
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
^^
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loonymoon101 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
n___n
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:iconpetrova:
petrova Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist
Such a great idea and, as usual, fantastic craftsmanship!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Madelei Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Student Filmographer
wow, that's incredible! kinda reminds me of a little peach pit :aww:
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm glad if it gives that resemblance, I love seeing peach pits, they're so special :D And thank you, glad you like it :)
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liesan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful! Watching your dA page is bad for me I finally had myself focusing on bookbinding for the time being and now you make me want to pick up all matter of art and crafts again
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Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Pick it up, pick it up...I'm glad if my works affect you in this way :devilish:

But seriously, when it comes to my own life, I'm too restless to settle just with one side of art...it was always like that with me and it definitely has its bad sides as well as good ones. Still, I would not change that for the world ;)
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MandarinMoon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! You are so multi-talented! :faint:
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
:hug: Glad you like it :)
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spectral-influx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Holy shit, this is incredible.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :D
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spectral-influx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
How exactly did you hollow it out?
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Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, I first shaped the piece of wood as a heart...then draw a general "scheme" of the twirls and all the hollow parts and carved between, some three to four mm deep, removing excess wood...it looked very much like a strange piece of Swiss cheese, at that point ;)
Anyway, after that, I kinda "dug" under the "lines" with finest chisels (edges are 1mm to 2mm wide), so the inner wood would get set free...it took me the most of the time to do this, as I'm not very experienced in this (my sister is a real woodworker, I just borrow her tools time to time ;)).

When the inner piece of wood was "cut" out of all "lines", I continued carving it into a ball and on the end, sanded it smooth. That was the hardest part, as I had to work through the holes and at one time chisel slipped and broke one of the smaller lines :( permanently. Luckily, no other damages happened :)

On the end, the whole piece (except insides) was sanded and smoothened with a linen until natural shine of wood showed up. And that's mostly that...if you're interested in how to do shape in shape carvings, there's a bunch of videos on YT, only most of them use machines to do this, while I prefer the chisels of all sizes much more :)
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spectral-influx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Wow. Would you very much mind if I tried using your techniques myself?
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Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Not a bit :) I hope what I said can be of use to you.
And feel free to ask questions if you have them...if I can help, I will :)
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spectral-influx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
:) I work with stone and dremel, so I'll have to improvise somewhat. But the overall concept should still be the same! I will certainly note you if I have questions.
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Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, you will try it in stone! I have a sense something good will come out of this :D
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